Transform Nutrition - Using evidence to inspire action


Autumn 2014

Welcome to the fourth issue of Transform Nutrition e-news. In this issue we highlight our new publications, blogs, short courses and upcoming conference in Delhi. Transform Nutrition is a consortium of five international research and development partners. Using research-based evidence we aim to inspire effective action to address undernutrition.

Why worry about the politics of nutrition?

A new paper in World Development Why Worry About the Politics of Childhood Undernutrition? by Nicholas Nisbett, Stuart Gillespie, Jody Harris and Lawrence Haddad is now out. In it the authors argue that nutrition is inherently political. Read Lawrence Haddad's blog about the paper

Nutrition course in India

Following the success of the short course which has been run at the Institute of Development Studies for the last 3 years, a similar course Transforming Nutrition in India: Ideas, Policies and Outcomes will now be run in Delhi, India from 3-7 November 2014. This is in partnership with the Centre for Chronic Disease Control and PHFI, applications are invited now.

Delhi partners meeting

September saw our annual Transform Nutrition meeting in Delhi, hosted by PHFI. We focused on forward planning for the final 3 years of our work and held 2 seminars, presenting to a number of our key stakeholders in India on Lessons from social sector innovations in maternal and child nutrition.

Using mobile phones for nutrition surveillance

The use of mobile phones may offer innovative opportunities to make nutrition surveillance more effective, timely and credible. This new Research Brief Using mobile phones for nutrition surveillance from Transform Nutrition provides highlights from an evidence review on the impact of using mobile phone technology for nutrition surveillance in resource-low settings.

Leadership in Nutrition: some new findings

A new IDS/TN Working Paper What are the Factors Enabling and Constraining Effective Leaders in Nutrition? A Four Country Study by  Nisbett, N., Wach, E., Haddad, L., and Shams, E.L. has just been published on what supports or constrains effective leadership in nutrition. It is based on a 4 country set of interviews by Transform Nutrition.

Micronutrient Forum in Ethiopia

This was an important forum for research and debate on the big current issues in nutrition including multisectoral engagement, scaling up and strengthening capacity and leadership. Transform Nutrition work was presented in 5 sessions, including the opening plenary.
Why I’m at the Micronutrient Forum’ Blog by Stuart Gillespie
Nutrition momentum builds in Ethiopia at the Micronutrient Global Forum Blog by Kenaw Gebreselassie

Together for Nutrition 2014

Together for Nutrition 2014: Working Across Sectors to Improve Nutrition in India October 29–30 is jointly hosted by POSHAN and Transform Nutrition. This conference will serve as an important platform for learning and facilitating discussion around the challenging task of bringing diverse sectors together to improve maternal and child nutrition in India. A call for abstracts led to 70 submissions and the best have been invited to present. Around 250-300 people are expected. The exciting draft agenda can be viewed here.

The politics of reducing malnutrition

How has high-level political momentum for nutrition been generated? and what needs to happen to turn this momentum into results? A new research brief from Transform Nutrition The politics of reducing malnutrition: building commitment and accelerating progress  is now out which summarises the findings from paper 4 of the 2013 Lancet series on Maternal and Child Nutrition.

Updated HANCI

Launched in June, the second Hunger and Nutrition Commitment Index (HANCI) which is partly funded by Transform Nutrition shows that some countries that have long seen little action in dealing with hunger and undernutrition, are now making significant efforts to tackle these issues. IDS news story on HANCI,

Transforming Nutrition summer school

This was the third year we have run this short course in Brighton and in July we welcomed about 30 participants from Africa, Asia, Europe and the Americas including national policymakers, programme managers, UN agencies, donors and researchers. In Lawrence Haddad’s blog Nutrition Has Moved On about his experience of co-directing the course he notes that the focus of the participants has changed since the course was first run in 2012. “Back then it was about getting someone to pay attention to nutrition. “Now it is about delivering under their gaze.”

About us

Transform Nutrition is a consortium of five international research and development partners funded by the UK government. Over 5 years, from 2012-2017, Transform Nutrition aims to transform thinking and action on nutrition and strengthen nutrition-relevant evidence in order to accelerate undernutrition reduction in South Asia and sub-Saharan Africa. For more information, please visit

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